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UFO caught on video over Rome by professional photographer

A professional photographer was filming an airliner from the patio of his home on the outskirts of Rome when he caught something on video he cannot explain. He did not see the object as he was filming, but upon review of the footage, a strange object can be seen for a couple of seconds. Local UFO researchers are just as baffled as the witness.

This UFO sighting has been covered in Italian news, and was investigated by the Mediterranean UFO Center (C.UFO.M). The name of the witness has been withheld.

According to C.UFO.M, the unnamed witness is a professional photographer who specializes in taking photographs of actors, singers, and other important people. On April 12, 2015, at his home on the outskirts of Rome, the photographer was filming an airliner using his Panasonic Lumix camera with a 60x zoom lens.

Upon review of the video, the photographer noticed a strange object pop onto the screen for a short period of time.

C.UFO.M examined the video to help determine what the object is. In their analysis, posted on their website, the investigator, Angelo Maggioni, first determined that the object was not a bird. He says the object is too high, and that the UFO does not look like other birds that have been captured in images.

UFO and birds comparison. The UFO videod in Rome is on the bottom right. (Credit: C.UFO.M)
UFO and birds comparison. The UFO videoed in Rome is on the bottom right. (Credit: C.UFO.M)

Maggioni also ruled out a balloon. Again, he felt the object was too high, and he notes that the object appears to have moving lights on it. He notes that there could be some reflections, but that the sun is to the left and not all of the reflections appear to be to the left.

A baloon images added to the analysis by C.UFO.M. Researcher Maggioni notes that a balloon can easily be identified in high quality images. (Credit: C.UFO.M)
A balloon image added to the analysis by C.UFO.M. Researcher Maggioni notes that a balloon can easily be identified in high quality images. (Credit: C.UFO.M)

In the end, Maggioni has no explanation. He feels it is a self luminescent object that, to him, remains a UFO.

Maggioni calculated the height of the object by concluding that the UFO was in focus and so it must be about the same distance as the airliner. He estimates it is 13,000 meters, or over 40,000 feet high. That would be around the same altitude as the airliner. Although, the still images look fuzzy and out of focus to me.

Close-up of the UFO caught on video in Rome. (Credit: C.UFO.M)
Close-up of the UFO caught on video in Rome. (Credit: C.UFO.M)

Also, as the camera pans to keep track of the airliner, the UFO flashes by. This could be because the UFO is stationary, or moving slowly, and much lower than the airliner.

As for the UFO’s lights, if the object is an odd-shaped, or misshapen, silver balloon that is spinning, reflections would change rapidly and look to be in odd places. When C.UFO.M zooms in on the object in their video (seen at the top of this story), the object does look disc-shaped. And we all know what is disc-shaped, that’s right, a balloon. Oh yeah, UFOs too.

The object is so small and far away that even though the photographer used a good camera and zoom lens, it is hard to know exactly what he caught on camera. Is this some sort of craft with lights on it, a mere balloon, or do you have another theory? Let us know below.

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. I have strong doubts that it is a silver balloon, the color would not show in the video, the brightness has been the subject of study and practice in comparison with other photos taken at planes while being illuminated by the sun (both in daylight and in dark) are discordant with the airplane in the movie, in fact it does not undergo any kind of change in contrast luminous object, when the object becomes “flat” this is not excluded by the prospect of recovery factor, who was filming followed the plane and not the ‘ the object that the difference of both direction and end pane view may distort the shape of the object, I searched the archives many photos of birds, planes, lanterns, balloons and weather balloons but could not find compatibility between them with ‘ object we would call UFO object that I have not been able to decipher and give a definite answer on it would be nice to deal with you to reach a plausible solution not only with this sighting but also in the future collaboration between us of C. UFO.M and you Openminds.tv cordial greetings Maggioni Angelo

  2. It looks fuzzy and out of focus because it’s zoomed way in past the resolution of the sensor that captured it. Intriguing video.

  3. BT -I think the reason many ufo pics and videos seem out of focus is due to the fact that ufos could be interdimensional in nature.When they manifest in our material world and become visible to us they are trying to match our vibrational frequency ,often they are slightly out of synch with our dimension hence the fuzzy appearance.This could explain other often reported aspects of the phenomenon such as dematerializsation .
    Having had a sighting myself the interdimensional explanation makes sense to me because the object i witnessed seemed to be phasing in and out of our reality,it had a very hazy,indistinct appearance and eventually seemed to dissolve .

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